Mar 16, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Segments From this episode

What's next for the Federal Reserve?

Mar 16, 2011
After meeting yesterday, the Federal Reserve said it's keeping an eye on what's happening around the world, but for the time being, it's still business as usual.

BP cleanup crews are blending in with the scenery

Mar 16, 2011
The community of Gulf Shores, Ala., asked BP's cleanup workers to ditch their reflective gear in hopes of creating a more tourist-friendly environment.

Sen. Conrad on challenges ahead for the U.S. budget

Mar 16, 2011
The chair of the Senate Budget Committee talks about how world events may affect U.S. budget talks, and the future of the Federal Reserve.

U.S. auto plants affected by Japan quake

Mar 16, 2011
In the U.S., Subaru and Toyota cancel overtime shifts amid uncertainty about their suppliers in Japan.

Moody's cuts Portugal's debt rating

Mar 16, 2011
The ratings agency has downgraded Portugal's sovereign debt rating by two notches, citing the country's inability to control its debt problem. And it is just the latest in a rash of downgrades across the eurozone.

Foreign firms evacuate workers in Japan

Mar 16, 2011
As the nuclear situation intensifies at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, many companies face tough decisions around relocating employees and business abroad.

Japanese nuclear woes raise concerns over GE designs

Mar 16, 2011
Since nuclear reactors were first rolled out in the 1960s, critics have questioned the safety of General Electric's Mark 1 boiling-water reactors. And in the wake of the earthquake in Japan, GE may face global pullback from nuclear technology.

Blackouts, power disruptions change how business works in Tokyo

Mar 16, 2011
Tokyo residents are adjusting to power and supply shortages in the city -- but one investment banker says people haven't panicked over the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster.

TARP report card: didn't fix 'Too big to fail'

Mar 16, 2011
The $700-billion government bailout saved the U.S. from a depression, according to a congressional watchdog. But it also had a downside for our economy.

Japanese stock rebounds as Central Bank steps in

Mar 16, 2011
Japan's Nikkei index took a dramatic fall after the country was rocked by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake. But the market is seeing a rebound today, as the government invests billions of dollars to ensure liquidity.

Report: Netflix to invest in original content

Mar 16, 2011
The Internet and home entertainment delivery service plans to produce and distribute its own "television" show, according to Deadline Hollywood. This is a move that's got Hollywood worried.

Japanese business culture prepares citizens for disaster

Mar 16, 2011
While much of Japan suffers from Friday's earthquake and tsunami, the business culture perseveres.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC